The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation's technological progress and achievement.

The USPTO advises the president of the United States, the secretary of commerce, and U.S. government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes the stronger and more effective IP protection around the world. The USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements. It also provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for IP and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by U.S. trading partners.

Upcoming Events

June 22, 2017

The Women in IP Law Committee and the New Lawyers Committees bring you PTO Day featuring a networking lunch followed by an opportunity for tours of the Texas Regional Office (TXRO) and rotating breakout sessions with PTAB Judges, Trademark Examining Attorney(s) and Supervisory/Primary Patent...

June 22, 2017

H A V E QU E STIONS ABOUT INT ELLE CTU AL P R OP E RTY ? The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office invites you to join the USPTO Pro Bono Program and Indiana University Maurer School of Law’s Center for Intellectual Property Research to learn about gaining...

June 29, 2017

Join in Waco, Texas for the 2017 Texas Rural Challenge. The conference features a wide range of best practices, collaboration opportunities, and ‘how-to’ learning experiences aimed at Empowering Rural Texas. Presentations from top innovators, change agents from across state and federal agencies and...

June 29, 2017

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board is pleased to announce that it is hosting its Judicial Conference on Thursday, June 29, 2017, from 1 to 5 p.m. ET. The program is intended to educate the public about aspects of Board practice and provide a forum to enhance the dialogue between the public and the...

June 29, 2017

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board is pleased to announce that it is hosting its Judicial Conference on Thursday, June 29, 2017, from 1 to 5 p.m. ET. The program is intended to educate the public about aspects of Board practice and provide a forum to enhance the dialogue between the public and the...

July 6, 2017

Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets? Join the Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan as we discuss intellectual property basics and learn about potential ways to protect your invention as you transition from idea to product. This session is for aspiring...

July 7, 2017

The Silicon Valley USPTO serving the West Coast region will host an informational public tour from noon to 1:00 PM Pacific Time. Participants will tour the office and learn about the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the services and resources it provides to the public, famous inventors from the...

July 10, 2017

Register Now! Join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the USPTO Office of Policy and International Affairs, as we bring together policy makers and leaders on China IP issues from the U.S. government, academia, and practitioners. The speakers...

July 11, 2017

The Boardside Chat scheduled for July 11, 2017 has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled for a later date. Topic: PTAB E2E: Latest Modifications in an Agile Development World The PTAB is pleased to announce its inaugural “Boardside Chat” lunchtime webinar series to be held bi-monthly throughout...

July 11, 2017

Join us at the Silicon Valley USPTO office in San Jose to view the Patent Quality Chat webinar simulcast from USPTO headquarters. This month's chat will be on Latest Updates in USPTO's Work Sharing Efforts , presented by the Office of International Patent Cooperation. You will have an opportunity...

News & Updates

March 8, 2017 Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington – The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2017 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the President of the United States and is this country's highest award for…

January 9, 2017 USPTO Announces New Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced new Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). The Public Advisory…

December 12, 2016 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced

U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced Today, the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) released the 2017-2019 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, which offers a blueprint for coordinating resources and…

Patent Quality Conference

Advancing Patent Quality Across the IP Community Keynote Speaker: Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property & Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Patent Quality Conference

Advancing Patent Quality Across the IP Community Keynote Speaker: Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property & Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

October 14, 2016 USPTO Seeks Further Public Input on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that as part of its effort to solicit input from the public regarding the legal contours of patent subject matter eligibility, it will be holding two roundtables, one in November and…

September 30, 2016 USPTO Seeking Comments on Proposed Patent Fee Adjustments

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a notice of proposed rulemaking(link is external) (NPRM) proposing to set or adjust certain patent fees, as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The proposed fees…

September 29, 2016 USPTO Announces Patents for Humanity Winners

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the latest winners of the Patents for Humanity program. The Patents for Humanity program was launched by the USPTO in February 2012 as part of an Obama administration initiative…

September 27, 2016 USPTO Announces Cancer Moonshot Challenge Winners

Washington— The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the winners of the USPTO Cancer Moonshot Challenge. The challenge was launched by the USPTO in August as part of the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, which aims to speed up…